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First commercial bid

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by cmland, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. cmland

    cmland Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 13

    sq ft is 10,300

    Lot is plowed and salted. (2) concrete entranceways about 100ft2 each to be shoveled and calcium chloride put down

    Plan to bid is:
    1" trigger for plow
    <1 salt @ $100
    1-3" @ $120 and $80 salt
    3-6" @ $150 and $80 salt
    6+ inches billed @ $150 + extra $20/inch over 6" and $80 salt

    If multiple trips are made during long storm they are billed accordingly for each trip. Might include a clean-up charge if in-business hours I could not get around care. Maybe around $80 for clean-up after hours.

    Hows this look? I have only done residential in the past.

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  2. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,865

    Seems ok to me, where are you located?
     
  3. cmland

    cmland Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 13

    located in PA
     
  4. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,901

    $480/acre for plowing and $320/acre salting? I wish I could get half those numbers.

    If that were where I'm at, it would go for about $50/push and $30/salt.
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You can't look at like that. The lot is the lot and that is the bid to service it.
     
  6. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    By that logic a normal driveway would be about 700 per acre

    That's why I don't have a price per acre and apply that to every lot
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014
  7. cmland

    cmland Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 13

    I appreciate all feedback and have one question about the bid-

    We had long strings of days under 20 degrees last year. Do I put in a clause that calcium chloride be used on whole lot when temps are under 20? maybe 25? If not expected to rise that day. For an additional cost- maybe $120 total for app figuring 4 bags at my cost of $15/bag needed to service the lot
     
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    What do they want ,salt wise? You keep dumping salt and they might get sticker shock.Call and ask.
     
  9. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,865

    Ya I agree, find out there expectaions, alot of customers don't think about things like that, another way to go is to just price it so you can afford to use either, depending on what you or customer think is needed.
     
  10. cmland

    cmland Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 13

    I priced as above 20 degrees and below saying salt used above 20 for $80 and cc used below 20 for $120. thinking $60 for app plus material cost. Put in contract that app prices remain constant but policies ranging from no salt to zero ice tolerance can be arranged, with the recommended and most used contract being contractor discretion for use, applied at quoted rates.